Monday, July 15, 2013

DIY polymer clay "all that glitters" bobby pin TUTORIAL

Supply List: 
You can find most supplies at your local craft stores.

1. Polymer Clay.  I prefer Fimo Soft.
2. Kemper Cutters/mini cookie cutters.
3. Super glue, E6000 or crazy glue should work.
4. Bobby pins.  I normally find them on etsy.
5. Mod Podge & small paint brush.
6. Glitter!!! as well as little dishes to put the glitter into, for dipping.
7. (not shown) clay roller/craft pasta roller/craft rolling pin.
8. (not shown) baking tray.
9. (not shown) parchment paper.
10. Toaster oven or regular oven.

Step 1
Using the warmth and strength of your hands, condition the clay making it soft & pliable.  About one-third, to one-half of clay from it's packaging (from a small 1.97 oz brick). 

Step 2 
Roll out your clay, using a craft rolling pin or craft pasta maker (do not use tools that you use for food).  If you are using a craft pasta maker, use the thickest setting, and fold the clay into two layers so the clay is at least 1/4" thick.
Step 3
Time to punch out your shapes.  I personally LOVE the stars & hearts, but I thought would try a flower this time.  In hindsight, I feel the flower would look adorable if it was hand-painted! Next time ;)

Step 4
Gently use a craft razor or your fingers, to pick up and place the clay shapes to a parchment paper lined cookie tray, carefully so that you keep the integrity of the shape. Tip: the shapes do not need to be perfect since they will be coated in glitter.

Step 5
Let's get baking!   Preset your oven, or set your toaster oven to 230° F / 110° C.  Bake clay shapes for 30 minutes. Do not over bake.  Tip: follow package instructions.

Step 6
After allowing baked clay shapes to cool completely (approx. 30 minutes), add a drop of glue to the bobby pin pad. Tip: make sure the pad is clean.  Press pad at center of clay shape, holding the pad and baked clay shape firmly, until glue sets.  This may take longer if you use the E6000.

Step 7
Once the glue dries completely, coat your baked clay shape with mod modge, using a small paint brush. Get both sides & edges, including the back of the metal bobby pin pad. 

Step 8
It's glitter time! You now get to dip, swish, coat and slather the baked shape into your dish of glitter, making sure all areas are fully covered.  If everything does appear to be coated well, then allow your glittered bobby pin to dry.  If not, you can dab more mod podge onto the bare spots and dip into your glitter again.  Tip: for extra glitter, do step 8 twice, but allow the first coat to dry for at least 30 minutes before reapplying. 

Aren't these just too cute?!  I hope you enjoy making your sparkly-glitter bobby pins.  If you have any questions at all, please ask, I'd love to hear from you!  And look... they make a cute handmade gift!  Just add them to a cute little tag, or make your own card from heavy card stock.  So sweet!   

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Thank you.


Titus said...


Tracy @ Crème de la Gems said...

Thank you so much, Titus!

Roselee said...

I've had this bookmarked forever and just found it again. I made a bunch of hearts with neon glitter - perfect for the 8 year old set! Thank you!
I see more of these in our future.

Lanie said...

I love it. I will try this soon!